So, do you ever get tired of having to stop typing, take your hand away from the keyboard, move the mouse to the programs menu, and select your program? Do you ever get tired of having to open the calculator in the middle of something? Of having to run over to IE, Firefox, or Explorer to pull up dictionary.com?
I have THE coolest thing for you: Enso. (Download both programs.)
It's free. All you do is press "Caps Lock" and then type "Open Word," and then hit the Enter key. Bam, up comes word.
Hit the Caps Lock again, type "define ratchet" and bam, up comes a definition of ratchet.
You can teach it open specific documents. 1.) Highlight the document you want to "teach" Enso. 2) Hit the Caps Lock key and type "Learn Novel."
That's it! Next time you want to open your novel, you type, "Open Novel," and Bam! Up comes your novel in word (or whatever program you set it to come up with.
It'll open ANY program. Once in awhile you have to "teach" it, but the website offers extremely easy directions. And really, there's nothing much to it except hitting Caps Lock and typing what you want.
It is SO handy. Enso rocks.
(You have to hold down the Caps Lock key while you type, unless you go to preferences and set it so you don't. I set it so I don't; I prefer it that way.)
Okay, one more:
I don't check my statistics often, maybe once a month or so. But I checked last week, and noticed that instead of one person a day clicking from Google Reader, ALL OF YOU are using Google Reader! Okay, not all. But a ton of you have made the switch, LOL.
Here's blogging timesaver number two:
You know how you leave a comment, and then you have to keep checking back to see if they've answered? Well, you don't have to anymore.
(This is easier than Dropbox, Edie, I PROMISE this time!)
- Go to co.mments.com.
- Go to this page. Drag the appropriate button to your bookmarks toolbar.
Now, whenever you comment on a page or want to follow a discussion, click that little button. When you feel like checking to see if any other comments have been added to the discussion, you can go to co.mments.com and it'll display all your conversations!
All of them!
Sometimes I have to hit "refresh" to see if new comments have been added. And I have to remember to hit "remove" once I'm done following a conversation. But it's a HUGE timesaver.
I've noticed that all my friends now hang out on my other friends' blogs. I think that's the coolest. You guys probably found each other through each other, but still. It's the coolest.
The internet may be a huge place, but somehow we still find little communities for ourselves, don't we?
I was thinking of starting a little blog sometime, maybe like an AuthorHack blog, about ways to trick out your computer to save time and make the authoring business a little easier and less time-consuming. Is that a silly idea? What do you think? If you haven't noticed, geeking has become a bit of a hobby for me. :-)